Chaos is bound to happen, but what you do next is what makes all the difference. Getting the carpet spot quickly is the key to preventing it from turning into a fully swollen stain. While full size or portable carpet cleaners are your best options for deep cleaning and tackling very old stains, not everyone wants to own one or have room to store one. That’s when carpet stain remover comes in handy. Simply wipe as much as possible with a clean cloth and use a good carpet cleaning formula to dissolve and remove stains.
The Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning lab tests carpet cleaners on new and set stains overnight to simulate what you would test if you couldn’t treat the stain until the next day. In our recent test of 21 carpet stain removers, we used each product according to its label directions to remove at least 10 new, established stains, noting how foamy the cleaner was and how easy or difficult it was to rinse the carpet. We let the carpet dry, then watched the results under industrial standard lighting and scored each using industry standard classifications for particularly tough stains, like chocolate syrup, and gave it back, if needed.
As we do with all cleaning products, we evaluated how easy each product is to use, the completeness of the directions and whether any safety labels are required based on the ingredients it contains.
Based on cleaning lab reviews and in-home consumer testing, these are the carpet stain removers we recommend.
Best Carpet Stain Remover Overall: BISSELL Pet Stain Remover and Odor Remover
Best Carpet Stain Cleaner for Pets: Rocco & Roxie Supply Co. Professional Strength Stain and Odor Remover
Best Carpet Stain Remover for Deep Cleaning: Bissell Pro Oxy Power Shoot
Best carpet stain remover for old stains: Powered Carbona Oxy Carpet Cleaner
Best Carpet Stain Remover for Dirt: Resolve Pet Expert Carpet Moist Powder
Best Carpet Stain Remover to Kill Germs: Woolite Advanced Pet Stain Remover + Disinfectant
Best carpet stain remover for red wine: Wine stain remover